August 2012

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Rory McIlroy threw the deck of cards that is this week’s biggest non story up in the air again today by now stating he may play for the tiny Pacific territory of Guam in the 2016 Olympic Games.

mcilroy A second Open Letter has been ghost written by a cleverdick solicitor employed by Horizon issued by McIlroy today via his Bebo page that has only 6 followers hinting that he will turn his back on both Ireland and Team GB, in favour of wearing the traditional sky blue mankini of Guam at Rio.

McIlroy said “I have always had a fondness for Guam. Guam has really helped me throughout my career.  I can see myself in Rio in 2016 with Guam.  Guam has been very good to me. As long as you don’t swallow it, it sticks to your guts you know.”

While McIlroy’s last comment has baffled reporters, there seems to be enough in there to make it official.

The 23 year old World Number 1 has already been installed as hot favourite for Guam’s Got Talent and bookies have suspended betting on McIlroy having the No. 1 chart single in Guam this Christmas.

The president of Guam was unavailable for comment this afternoon as he was attending a public stoning.  More as it emerges.


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Francesco Molinari 12/1

fran The home favourite this week is sure to be Francesco Molinari who returns after a couple of weeks off to build up for the Ryder Cup. He will be hoping his form in the USA is better than that shown on his trips to the US PGA and WGC Bridgestone which were poor by his standards. However back in Europe the Italian has been superb with a good showing in Ireland followed by two runner-ups in Paris and Castle Stuart and then a sixth at Gleneagles last time out. Tied for eighth last year ranking 39th in putts per round.  Hopefuly Mama’s dolmio will do the trick this year!

Nicolas Colsaerts 15/1

Superman02 Another good performance at the KLM Open for Nico makes it two top 10’s in his last three starts. Really impressed with four rounds in the 60’s at the Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour before jetting back for a decent finish at Gleneagles. Last week’s tied eighth included a super second round of 65. Nico played well at this venue in 2010 (when it was staged in May) finishing in a tie for third.

Pic: Coulthard. Dont be confused.

Thorbjorn Olesen 24/1

thor Thorbjorn took a week off after missing his first cut in six events in Switzerland and hopefully he will be back to his best this week. The Royal Park 1 Roveri course should suit the Dane, cumulatively he had the best stats of the field in 2011 when he tied second behind Robert Rock. It’s just his 57th Tour start this week and he has already notched up 11 top-10 finishes including a win at the Sicilian Open in April.

Scott Jamieson 65/1

scott Bang in form heading to Italy is Scott Jamieson who bounced back from a missed cut in Switzerland to tie for fourth at the KLM Open. That’s the Scot’s third top 10 of the season. Jamieson opened with a seven under 65 in the last staging so knows how to go low at the venue. Excellent value at 65/1.

Gregory Bourdy 55/1

The Frenchman has had a really solid Summer and finally scored his first top 10 of the season last week in Holland. His last win came in at the UBS Hong Kong Open in 2009 and signs are good that another may not be far off. Bourdy tied for 11th last year six shots off the pace. Worth an each way look.


ladygaga Whether you were Born This Way or took up the game recently you’ll be interested to hear that Lady GaGa’s concert promotion team have contacted the Carr Golf Centre at the Spawell in Dublin regarding the superstar dropping in to hit a few drives on Saturday morning before her gig at the Aviva Stadium.  The Paparazzi are already camped outside.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Apparently GaGa is a massive golf fan after being inspired to take up the game by lookalike Charley Hoffman.  The Hoff told her she could let down her hair at the refurbished 48 bay covered Driving Range, clip away the brand new TaylorMade range balls and hang out with the friendly new management at the Carr Golf Centre.

Driving Range Card Image It’s thought Leonard Cohen might pop in too and staff are busy loobing up a senior flex shaft for him.  The coffin dodging 104 year old, is back in town again (wasn’t he here about two weeks ago) gathering up cash from his legion of hypnotized fans who seemingly never tire of his lyrics.  Cohen lost everything after a Bad Romance.Shop 2

If you want to be there pretending to nail drives when any of the celebs arrive at the Carr Golf Centre just quote GolfCentralDaily and you’ll get ½ Price Range Cards for the month of September. 

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Here’s Irish rugby legend Peter Stringer as you have never seen him before, using his head as a tee box while Mick O’Driscoll and Eoin Cadogan prepare to swing.

REPRO FREE<br />Sports stars Mick O Driscoll, Peter Stringer and Eoin Cadogan swung their support in favour of golf today to launch the annual Lee Valley Golf Classic in aid of Breakthrough Cancer Research, who fundraise for research projects taking place at Cork Cancer Research Centre. The event, which is being sponsored by The River Lee Hotel and supported by Musgrave Group Janssen Pharmaceutical and Quish’s SuperValu, will take place on September 13 at the beautiful Lee Valley Golf Club and will raise much needed funds to find new treatments for poor prognosis cancers.<br />Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/ProvisionThe pair took turns takings divots out of the scrum half’s dome to launch the Lee Valley Golf Classic in aid of Breakthrough Cancer Research, who fundraise for research projects taking place at Cork Cancer Research Centre.

The event will take place this Thursday, September 13th at Lee Valley and there are limited tee times still available at €300 for a team of three, including green fees, a meal and a goodie bag. For information on how to book a tee time or sponsor a tee box, contact Dermot Walsh on 021 4870902 or 087 7757632. For further information on Breakthrough Cancer Research, see or their Facebook page.

Stringer who lost an ear, his nose and obliterated a cheekbone for the photo shoot is expected to miss most of the season. But sure he’s not on the team anymore anyway so it’s alright.  Only jokin Strings!


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Rory McIlroy has given the strongest indication yet that he will choose to play for Great Britain over Ireland at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

PD*56635830Rors told the Daily Mail newspaper

"What makes it such an awful position to be in is I have grown up my whole life playing for Ireland under the Golfing Union of Ireland umbrella.  But the fact is, I've always felt more British than Irish. Maybe it was the way I was brought up, I don't know, but I have always felt more of a connection with the UK than with Ireland.

"And so I have to weigh that up against the fact that I've always played for Ireland and so it is tough. Whatever I do, I know my decision is going to upset some people but I just hope the vast majority will understand."

Peter Hanson may have won the KLM Open with an outrageous eagle on the last hole but his thoughts were thousands of miles away with his baby son in hospital.

 peter hanson Hanson had almost pulled out of the event after the second round after hearing that young son, Tim, had been admitted to hospital in Orlando with a serious respiratory virus. However, doctors at the Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital along with the Swede’s wife, Sanna, felt Hanson would be better staying in Holland fearing he could contract the virus and put and second Ryder Cup appearance in doubt.

Baby Tim turns two years old on November 17 and dad Peter always used a number 17 on his ball and his golf bag as a reminder.

The RS virus is a respiratory condition and is very common in young children. Hanson was given special permission to remain in contact on the phone during the final round.

"My older daughter, Stella who is five-and-a-half has just started school and she brought it back home so Tim has contracted it from her," said Hanson. "I spoke to the doctor and he said with the Ryder Cup coming up it might be possible I could also pick up the virus. So that's why we have Tim isolated in the Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital because my wife is now ill and so too is our nanny. The doctors said that when they cough it could be just so easy for me to pick up the virus and that's the last thing I need going to Medinah. I've been so worried about Tim I only got about 30 minutes sleep last night."

All are expected make a full recovery.

1. Rory McIlroy

FedEx Cup ranking entering playoffs: 3
Playoffs movement: +2
Playoffs finishes: T-24, The Barclays; Won, Deutsche Bank Championship; Won, BMW Championship.
Tour Championship appearances (since FedEx Cup’s creation): 1st

2. Tiger Woods

FedEx Cup ranking entering playoffs: 1
Playoffs movement: -1
Playoffs finishes: T-38, The Barclays; 3rd, Deutsche Bank Championship; T-4, BMW Championship.
Tour Championship appearances: 3rd

3. Nick Watney

FedEx Cup ranking entering playoffs: 49
Playoffs movement: +46
Playoffs finishes: Won, The Barclays; T-20, Deutsche Bank Championship; T-45, BMW Championship.
Tour Championship appearances: 4th

4. Phil Mickelson

FedEx Cup ranking entering playoffs: 14
Playoffs movement: +10
Playoffs finishes: T-38, The Barclays; T-4, Deutsche Bank Championship; T-2, BMW Championship.
Tour Championship appearances: 6th

5. Brandt Snedeker

FedEx Cup ranking entering playoffs: 19
Playoffs movement: +14
Playoffs finishes: 2nd, The Barclays; 6th, Deutsche Bank Championship; T-37, BMW Championship.
Tour Championship appearances: 3rd

Here’s a story I picked up from the wires this morning about a guy from Nevada called Jeff Fleming who went berserk with a shotgun after a stray drive broke a flemingwindow in his house.  Irate Fleming, 53, shot at the pair he suspected on the 16th hole, hitting the man who hit his house. The golfer was not seriously injured; he was treated for minor pellet wounds to an arm and both legs.

According to neighbours “it’s not unusual for balls to strike the houses that line the fairways” at Lakeridge Golf Course.  All the homes were evacuated after the shooting, after Fleming could not be found. He was later arrested at his attorney’s office, where he surrendered. He was released early yesterday after posting $40,000 bail.


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When Stewart Cink felt a dribble running down his leg at Celtic Manor he knew something was wrong.  He was two up at the time!

1-sun-mountain-raingearWhat happened thereafter was a waterproofing disaster of epic proportions.  The Team USA raingear supplier Sun Mountain should have done some research into wet valleys.

Meanwhile Europe’s players were snug as a bug in their ProQuip gear, so much so that they again have employed them for Medinah.  And the guys at ProQuip are not taking any chances.  Among the 400 items of raingear being shipped on a pallet to Chicago, the European Team have 90 pairs of waterproof trousers, 60 full-zip jackets and 60 half-zip playing tops for players, caddies and hanger-onners,

Queue 100 degree scorchers for all three days!


Michael Jordan was a legend on the basketball court, of that their can be no doubt.  Now golf fans at Medinah are again going to be treated to the sight of the former Chicago Bull as a fully fledged Team USA hanger-onner, er…advisor.  Apparently the way Air Jordan drives a golf buggy and chugs on a Cuban inspires guys like Furyk and Stricker to great things.


Davis Love confirmed that Jordan was being measured up for a suit, but sounded less than psyched at the news.   "Michael's going to be hanging around with Fred [Couples] probably a lot and be an influence," Love said.

  Hang on there Davis, “hanging around”?  Do you mean “hanging around” like a bad smell or something else?

Love later elaborated on what Jordan can bring to the team.  “One of the neatest things I ever saw in the Ryder Cup was Michael riding in the golf cart with Tom Kite. He came out to watch Freddie and I play and I thought that was one of the coolest things.”

So there it is, he likes his driving!


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Just when you think everything that can be possibly be logo’d as Team USA or Team Europe has been thought of, this latest one takes the biscuit. Now any player using True Temper shafts  (Dynamic Gold or Project X) can opt to have their reshafted in their team livery.

True Temper Sports in true “make a quick buck” marketing style are calling them “limited-edition shafts”. You can bet at least two things with this.

1. At most, only one player will opt to take out the perfectly good tuned shafts with which he makes a living week in week out, to replace them with a different shaft with a flag on it.  I’m thinking Poults. At best.

2. These limited edition shafts will be available all over the world.  The term limited will be used loosely, as in “the population of China is limited”.


What started out initially as an amicable conversation between Bo Van Pelt and legendary former Donegal League benchwarmer John Farren from Ballyliffin Golf Club quickly turned nasty after Farren revealed he couldn’t sort Van Pelt out for All Ireland Final tickets.

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Bo Van Pelt is very proud of his Irish roots and the fact his first name means “cow” in the Gaelic language.  He’s also a huge fan of Gaelic Football and traces his ancestry back to the Van Pelts of Mayo who ruled the animal pelt business with an iron fist for centuries.  When Farren revealed he once wore the Donegal colours in a league match (though no actual proof of this exists), relations between the two quickly became icy.

donegal“I’ll never forget watching Willie Joe Padden and his bloodied headband against the Dubs, and Padraig Brogan’s goal was the best ever”, Van Pelt said, adding “John O’Leary had no chance, he couldn’t even save it on the way back out”.

After Farren refused Van Pelt two of his allocation of 1,500 Hogan Stand Upper tickets, the big hitting American declared “It’s war bitch, it’s war, I know the County secretary anyway” before storming off.

Where’s the nearest shopping mall car park to the Deutsche Bank? Coz that’s where you will find Ian Poulter with his new Ferrari tonight, impressing all his boy racer pals with his doughnuts and massive sub woofer. 

Poults recently joined hopping mad Gordon Ramsay as the owner of a new customized Ferrari FF.  And he has been to the Ferrari factory to make his jammer as unique as it gets.


poults picking his curtains  The whole Ferrari Poulter love-in is the result of a collaboration with Cobra Puma Golf in the design of the Ferrari Golf Collection Driver.  So if you if you can’t afford the quarter-million dollar price tag for a car, you can at least splash out a paltry $2,000 for the driver.

“Choosing the curtains was the hardest part” -Ian Poulter

ferrari-driverThe Ferrari red and black driver is really Cobra’s ZL with a spray job and some panel beating but when would that ever stop a Ferrari fan.  Poults was spotted on the range recently testing five of them; you just knew one was not going to be enough!

fernandoThere’s also a Ferrari bag for company director’s wives which runs even more at $2,400. It’s made from the leather used in the Ferrari GT seats. Expect $120 polo shirts, $250 jackets and $600 shoes all with the Cobra/Puma/Ferrari livery next season too.

 puma-ferrari It’s thought the whole arrangement comes as a result of Pumas sponsorship involvement with the Ferrari Formula 1 team and their head driver Fernando Alonso. Formula 1 is huge worldwide and the arrangement is set to have the tills ringing even louder.  After all Ferrari and Puma have worked successfully together before on a project. In 2009 the PUMA v1.815 i FG Ferrari i football boot was released.  It cost $350 and the limited edition of 815 pairs sold out immediately!

Davis Love the three hundred and thirty third must not have watched Rickie Fowler in the singles at Celtic Manor because he bypassed him and the WGC Accenture Matchplay champion Hunter Mahan for this years USA team.

Love went instead for Jim “five hour” Furyk, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker as his picks.  Despite having more Ryder Cup losses (15) than Johnson and Snedeker have had matches, Jim Furyk got the nod.  It’s thought the likelyhood of matches being completed in under 5 hours swung it in his favour.

Snedeker snuck in with his a runner-up at The Barclays and a sixth-place at The Deutsche Bank.

European Team Captain Jose Maria Olazabal was unavailable for comment today.  Apparently he decided to throw a massive impromptu party for some strange reason after hearing the US Team news.


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Dustin Johnson 14/1

dustin-johnson Great strides are being made by big DJ recently.  I’m going to reinvest my winnings from his tied fourth at last week’s Deutsche Bank into him again this week at Crooked Stick.  That’s a third and a fourth so far in the playoffs for Dustin and he won the BMW Championship two years ago when held at Cog Hill.  Already a winner this year at the St Jude Classic and looking primed for Ryder Cup action.


Adam Scott 20/1

kate-hudson-adam-scott-hawaii-07 Scotty followed a pretty non descript performance at the Barclays with an excellent tied seventh last week powering home in 66 blows.  It has been a year of close shaves for Scott whose performances I believe have deserved better. Talks of an implosion at The Open were harsh in my view and what better way to hit back at your critics than to grab a big win here.


Sergio Garcia 20/1

sergio Sergio returns from a week off (chasing Daniela Hantuchkova’s tail at the US Open tennis) and it will be interesting to see if he can keep his current run of form going.  He wanted to rest before the run-in to the Ryder Cup this year and maybe that’s wise considering his near exhaustion by the time the final day singles came around in his last few appearances. Happy memories of his Wyndham win and third at The Barclays should put him right in the hunt again this week.


Jeff Overton 70/1

Overton funny[6] For me Overton was the USA’s man of the matches at Celtic Manor and he comes off a big reversal of form from The Barclays to notch a tied seventh at last weeks Deutsche Bank.  That may have been only Jeff’s third top-10 of the season but with this event coming to his home state of Indiana this week, he may just be inspired to great things from great odds of 70/1.


Kevin Stadler  90/1

Walrus Face My long odds shot this week is Kevin Stadler.  The junior walrus has tied for tenth in both playoff events so far and look for odds of around 9/1 for him to finish in the top-10 again this week.  A best this season of fourth at the RBC Heritage.


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Simon Dyson 28/1

It has been a season to forget so far for Simon Dyson with only one top 10 coming on the links at Portrush. However I saw an improvement last week in the Alps and am excited to see how he performs this week. Nobody knows this course better than Dyson, he is a three time champion at the venue with his first win coming in 2006. In 2009 he shot a final round 63 to get into a playoff and win and last year shot a closing 66 to pip David Lynn by a shot.

Romain Wattel 40/1

2011 KLM Dutch Open Betting Preview and Tips[4] I recall a while back during Lee Westwood’s 50 twitter updates a day period him saying to watch out for this kid Romain Wattel. The young Frenchman this week clocks up his 50th Tour appearance and is definitely one to watch. Tied for third at Gleneagles, then tied for second last week in Crans. That’s four top 10’s for the season to date, surely a breakthrough victory cannot be far off.

David Lynn 36/1

But for a slack opening round of 73 last week in Switzerland Lynn would have finished much higher than his tied 11th. His last and only Tour win came here back in 2004 when he beat Richard Green and Paul McGinley to the title. Lynn is bidding for his tenth consecutive par or better finish this week with recent bests of fourth in France and second at the US PGA Championship sure to be boosting his confidence. Second here last here to Dyson.

Joost Luiten 40/1

The home favourite this week. Luiten made waves during the first round of the US PGA Championship holding an early lead before finishing in 21st. Followed a three week break with a return in Switzerland last week where his 27th place finish included a third round 63. Tied for sixth last year after struggling to a 73 on the opening day in front of a large home gallery. He would dearly love to win this one.

Best Of The Rest

Ross Fisher 40/1 is another former Ryder Cupper who will be watching this staging on the TV. He remains one of my favourite players and is a former winner at this venue. Ross won in 2007 beating home favourite Joost Luiten and has had two top-10’s since including last year. His form of late has been erratic but four consecutive top-10’s in June suggest he still has the game to contend.
Jamie Donaldson 36/1 shot four rounds in the 60’s and yet another top 10 last week means he cannot get off this page. The Irish Open winner and PGA Championship sensation has a best of tied fifth here in 2009 and remains one of the favourites. Jose Manuel Lara has mixed the good with the very ugly during his season but he has shown a liking for Hilversum over the last two years. Tied for sixth last year and tied fourth in 2010. A horse for the course maybe but his recent form is poor, hence the generous odds of 60/1.

Gone are the days of “breaking in” golf shoes and the need to rub Vaseline into the heels or carry some blisters patches in your golf bag “just in case”. These new releases are all about comfort from the minute you try them on. Here’s what I think.

Adidas Puremotion

Follows the "barefoot" craze that everyone is raving about at the moment. Designed to position the feet closer to the ground and has a wide, web-shaped forefoot provides space for the toes to spread out, for added stability when crushing those 300 yard drives. It’s also waterproof, kind of vital in these parts.


Footjoy Contour Casual

Footjoy would have a huge market share in the shoe but this ranks as one of its more radical offerings. This is souped up lightweight street runner with premium leather, a waterproof warranty and a rubber sole instead of cleats for wearing on and off the course.


Callaway XTreme

Is it XTreme because it’s extremely boring to look at? This one has a snazzy "Comfort Tech Gel Tongue" an OrthoLite molded insole and special "PINS" spikes to make bogeys more comfortable than ever. It’s waterproof too.


Puma Neo Classic ProType

Fans of Puma’s classic soccer boot will absolutely love this Neo Classic, it’s a dead ringer. Puma says it’s full of comfort technology but it’s abviously a football boot with spikes. And we like it!


Ecco Street Luxe

Yet another Priest’s shoe from Ecco’s design department I’m afraid. Rubber spikes mean it can be worn on the course and while saying Mass. Comfortable though during long sermons.


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Here’s what’s in the bag of the World Number 1 Rory McIlroy after his win at the Deutsche Bank Championship. (Graphic coming soon)

2012 rory bagDRIVER: Titleist 913D3 (8.5°) with a (Mitsubishi Diamana Prototype 70X), C•2 SureFit Tour setting
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 913FD (13.5°, 18°) with Fujikura ZCom Pro 95 shafts
IRONS: Titleist 712MB (3-9) with Project X 7.0 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (46°, 54°, 60°) with Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport GSS prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

Video Rory Getting His New 913FD Fairways Fitted in Boston

Rory’s previous bag here

Here’s some great close ups of Rory McIlroy’s putter created for him by Scotty Cameron in his Titleist shop last year. It’s a Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport GSS Prototype with a chromatic bronze finish.  Rors first used it in the lead up to his US Open win at Congressional last year and had previously gamed a  Newport Fastback.  The toe flow of the Newport GSS style suits Rory’s putting stroke as developed with coach Dave Stockton. 

2012 Rory putter 2

Congrats to Rory McIlroy who won the Deutsche Bank on Labor Day cementing his position as the best player in the World.
rory deutsche bank trophyIt didnt take long for Rory to erasing a three-shot deficit to Louis Oosthuizen- just five holes.  It wasn’t all plain sailing either as one chunked tee shot that travelled just 170 yards proved, but even that didn’t derail him as putt after six foot putt hit the back of the hole to limit any potential damage.
"I had a couple of wobbles coming in, but I obviously did enough and I'm very excited to get a victory," McIlroy said.
It’s arguably one of McIlroy’s greatest wins with top names such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Louis Oosthuizen and Dustin Johnson in close attendance down the stretch.
McIlroy now is a three time PGA Tour winner this year, has a gap at the top of the World Rankings, is No. 1 in the FedEx Cup and right now looks nailed on for PGA TOUR Player of the Year.
Tiger Woods himself passed a milestone in finishing third, he became the first golfer ever to pass $100 million in PGA TOUR earnings.

Gil Hanse oversaw the changes to the 18th green at TPC Boston, and by all the accounts I hear from the pros, royally messed it up.

So much so that Luke Donald called him a “cock” in a tweet.

  donald hanse

Could I make a little suggestion given the current predicament? Maybe it’s best for someone to double check the Olympic Course plans before the diggers move in?  Jack, Arnie, Nick, Pete……whosever available.

Sergio Garcia is skipping the Deutsche Bank Championship which starts today so as to be “refreshed” for the Ryder Cup, or in other words “to chase some tail”.


The hard work of the hunt began on Tuesday in Flushing Meadows, where Sergio was forced to run around as ball boy to 6 foot Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova as part of the process.  Yep that’s the same Hantuchova from the Sports Illustrated almost naked issue, you are correct.

As is by now customary in such budding relationships the beautiful tennis star promptly lost her US Open singles match and disappeared into the wind, or as they call it in Spain, El Nino.

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